Funkenhausen

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$30 and under
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Funkenhausen offers a creative, light take on German eats with a Southern flair, served family style in a casual atmosphere. We offer an eclectic but focused wine list, rotating German and craft beers as well as creative cocktails featuring unique ingredients round. Overhead beams and globe lights create a funky, modern beer hall effect.

We offer several different seating choices including a long bar with peninsulas for groups of up to six, standard seating in the dining room, high tops, a semi-private table for large parties up to 16, and a chef’s table that will seat 10 comfortably. We do accept reservations, but always save room for walk-ins, procrastinators, our neighbors, and anyone who might wander in.
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Chicago
153 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I expected GERMAN food. However, even on schnitzel Sunday, there was only ONE schnitzel and it is hot enough that our waitress says she does not eat it. Yikes. Once I got over myself, I ordered the pretzel french toast...it was ok, but my next french toast will be more regular. I may go back...but it will not be expecting schnitzel...like I like it...with my 100% german heritage..... Sorry. I do hope Funenhausen is successful. I like what they have done with the place. I was glad to see most tables filled.

M
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here now for dinner and brunch and its always a great dining experience! The staff is always funny and friendly. It’s fun to get a bunch of plates and share because the food is phenomenal! Fun take on German food. Love their drinks as well- beer in das boot and brunch drinks in the little piggy’s!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We like this place but their service model doesn’t work every well. Some wait staff are wonderful. John is fantastic. Jesse is great. But we’ve had not so great also. The wait staff have too many tables - with the system where other people being your food and assist in general. But it just gets too slow. And this is at 5:30. When you want to ask for something you can wait a really long time. Meantime the bus person fills the water every time it gets below and inch from the top. Makes you wonder if he/she could be doing sometime Coffee takes way longer than dessert or vice versa.
Also - perhaps a small thing to some -but they charge for every club soda which is not the case at most restaurants of their caliber.
The food is creative and very high quality but sometimes we don’t want to deal with the uneven service and we hesitate to being friends there because of that.

CH
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

What a gem! We enjoyed everything we ordered. Recommendations were spot on and the Sauerbraten was phenomenal! looking forward to going back!

JK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service. I wish I could rate this more than 5 stars. Our server was incredible and gave a great run-down of all the cocktails and food. We were primarily there for the food menu, so I was surprised when my cocktail was also incredibly tasty. The food was great too. We started with a pretzel and burrata and quickly realized we wanted more food. We shared 3 small apps and 3 large dishes for a group of 5 people, and we were all so satisfied with our meal and our service.

DR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great!!!!! 10/10 excellent service, food, aesthetic.

DM
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy street parking and a fun atmosphere but not a great value. This is expensive German/southern food. Expect to pay $50 per person for a small appetizer, small entree and boot of beer. Food was good but don’t expect any vegetables not covered in sauce.

N
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure what I loved more - the food or the vibe! Such a good brunch

AE
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nashville chicken schnitzel sandwich for brunch was AMAZING!

GJ
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WOW?! This place is next level. The ricotta dumplings are stupid good.

LF
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Funkenhausen is hands down one of the best restaurants in Chicago. Since their opening 14 months ago they've continued to update and diversify their menu and it only gets better and better. The German and American Southern fusion combines two extraordinary cuisines into some of the most amazing dishes. The cocktails spectacularly compliment the menu and the beer and wine selection couldn't be better.

O
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue, fantastic food, and excellent service!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service I've ever had on top of the incredible food.

FD
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smoked oysters and the dumplings were amazing! Our server Jesse D was awesome!

S
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

We went to Funkenhausen once before and had an amazing time. This restaurant is a renovated former gym where I used to train and so I loved being able to go back and enjoy amazing food there now. Unfortunately, that all ended while we were wrapping up our second meal there. As we were wrapping up our dinner, we decided to order some after dinner/dessert cocktails. My girlfriend, who is not a native English speaker, asked a few questions regarding the options. The waiter very passive-aggressively stated that he did not feel comfortable serving her any more alcohol. She stuttered slightly and/or perhaps slurred a word, but she was not over served by any stretch of the imagination. I was speechless. We got our food to go and left. We were calm the entire time we were there and did not make a scene following this. All in all, my girlfriend felt terrible. She is now even more self-conscious about her English, but that won't stop me from motivating her to learn and speak in public. It's a shame as we thought we had found a new spot. Needless to say, we don't care how good your food is. We won't be going back.

DC
Chicago
53 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner. Items great for sharing. We loved the house salad. Sauerkraut. Potato salad. Ribs. Nice wine list. Helpful wait staff. Definitely we will return. Maybe try the weekend brunch.

G
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food coupled with even better service and atmosphere. Definitely try the Nashville Hot Oysters, they were incredible!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect spot for a date or a group outing! Lovely atmosphere, great alcohol selection, and yummy food!

TF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Our group Especially liked the oysters, flatbread and ribs. However $60 for 5 beers was excessive.

RC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting take on German food. Very nice place, good atmosphere, service and food.

c
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Funkenhausen’s take on German classics and the less-loved bits of the pig felt fresh without becoming intimidating or over-done. Good selection of German import beers and wines by the glass. Bottles were somewhat steeper. Big space with manageable noise. Lots of items I still want to try!

MR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my second time at Funkenhausen which again blew my expectations.

a
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, even better beer! We had the pretzel, the schnitzel, the Polish sausage, and the spaetzel and all were delicious. The Oktoberfest beer is awesome too!

D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to try this place for awhile, and it was an excellent meal. Love the German flair with a modern twist. Very fun place!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Extremely slow service on a empty Saturday. Brunch arrived before our drinks. I saw lots of employees just standing around. And only one vegetarian option.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great and interesting wine, beautiful restaurant, and the best service (Jesse!) I’ve had in a long time. 10/10 in my opinion.

TG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a group of girls and we ordered a little bit of everything off the menu - our server coursed the food for us perfectly and responded quickly when we loved a dish and ordered more. Made a group dinner easy, fun, and delicious. Highly recommend.

DD
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable dining location. Great Brunch. Server, Jessica, was outstanding. We will absolutely be back again. Will try it for dinner next time.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, this was a fantastic dining experience. The service was great, and we really enjoyed the ambiance. The Nashville hot oysters were amazing. We split two small and two “betwixt” dishes, and we found that to be the perfect amount of food for two people. We would definitely return.

D
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Love the ambience. Never had a bad experience here.

CW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Our server was even better. Will definitely come back for dinner next!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is so great but the portion is not big as we expected.

RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice! Service especially terrific. Great beer selection.

AH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - really inventive and unusual combinations. Great casual ambience and nice wine list.

JB
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun happy hour...unique and delish. The staff all seemed to take pride in the place. Just so good all around. Had a refreshing blackcurrant cider while my companion had the happy hour cocktail. Had both Nashville hot options...the oysters were terrific and the schnitzel sammich was so satisfying. Sturgeon was lux and zingy to the last bite and the burrata with sweet peachy tomato jam made for a perfect dessert. Can’t wait to go back.

A
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour

JB
Chicago
32 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting restaurant serving German-inspired fresh food in a modern atmosphere. Service was excellent; our water never ran out and our waiter was a real character!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful surprise this place was. Innovative menu, knowledgeable and fun waiter, attentive wait staff and fun ambiance!

i
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, every one is super friendly, good food great beer and wine

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Awesome happy hour .. cool (& tasty) menu

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